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A subconscious urge, behavior, or intuition directed by primeval, animalistic, self-serving, and/or ignoble motivations. Greed and selfishness are unfortunately two of the base instincts ingrained in the human psyche. Though he is an upstanding citizen, when he drinks, he unfortunately succumbs to his base instincts.
Motivation for some action or actions that is guided by selfishness or moral depravity. It is clear now that his decision to marry into her wealthy family was led purely by base motives. I don't believe the defendant had any base motives in this case. I think she was well-intentioned but naïve about the repercussions of her actions.
base over apex
Literally, bottom over top, as in the way one might stumble or fall; head over heels. The ice on the paths is so dangerous because you can't always see it. Just yesterday, I slipped and went completely base over apex!
business jargon The number units of a particular product or service that are currently in use, especially software or an Internet or computing platform. (Also referred to as "install(ed) user base" or simply "user base.") There have been fears that the computer giant's existing installed base may decline after their newest operating system is implemented.
install(ed) user base
business jargon The number units of a particular product or service that are currently in use, especially software or an Internet or computing platform. (Also referred to as "install(ed) base" or "user base.") There have been fears that the computer giant's existing installed user base may decline after their newest operating system is implemented.
business jargon The number units of a particular product or service that are currently in use, especially software or an Internet or computing platform. (Also referred to as "install(ed) user base" or simply "install(ed) base.") There have been fears that the computer giant's existing user base may decline after their newest operating system is implemented. The video game developer's insistence on backwards compatibility in their newest console shows an earnest effort to keep their user base happy.
To found or root something on a particular idea or occurrence. A noun can be used between "base" and "on" or "upon." My love of science is based upon an interest in experimentation. Unfortunately, she has a low opinion of me. I think she based it on our first meeting, which didn't go well.
base on balls
In baseball, the term used when a batter reaches first base after taking four pitches outside the strike zone (known as "balls"). A: "Oh, Robertson's on first?" B: "Yeah, base on balls."
base (one's) opinion on
To found or root one's view of something or someone on a particular idea or occurrence. Unfortunately, I think she based her opinion of me entirely on one wild night out together. I'm basing my opinion on the facts, and nothing else.
be off base
1. To be inaccurate or wrong. I never once said that! Your reporter is completely off base in her accusations. I thought I knew what real estate costs around here, but wow, I was totally off base.
2. Of a runner in baseball, to not be touching the base. The pitcher saw that the runner at first was off base and threw him out.
get to first base
1. To successfully move through the initial phase of something. I doubt we'll get to first base with this proposal— the board seems pretty skeptical.
2. slang To kiss someone. The term likens sexual acts to "hits" in baseball, in which a player advances to each base on the way to "scoring"—a slang term for engaging in sexual intercourse with someone. A: "Did you get to first base with Dave last night?" B: "A lady doesn't kiss and tell!"
Incorrect; mistaken or misinformed; not aligned with reality. An allusion to baseball, in which baserunners are only "safe" if their foot is touching a "base." Hyphenated if used before a noun. Primarily heard in US. Your arguments would be compelling if your entire premise wasn't completely off base. You need to stop making these off-base assumptions about how the process works.
touch base (with someone)
To contact someone to update them or receive an update from them. I was just calling to touch base since it's been a few weeks since we last spoke. Will you please touch base with the marketing team and find out how they're progressing?
1. To root something in a particular thing, idea, or finding. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "base" and "in." There's no way this data is based in reality!
2. To operate or function from a particular place. Our corporate headquarters is based in Spokane.
3. To locate something in a particular place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "base" and "in." If we base our club in the English department office, then we can meet in there on Wednesday afternoons.
base one's opinion on something
to make a judgment or form an opinion from something. You must not base your opinion on one bad experience. I base my opinion on many years of studying the problem.
base something (up)on someone or something
to ground something, such as one's opinion, decision, or thinking, on someone or something; to found one's ideas or attitude on something. (Upon is more formal and less commonly used than on.) I base my opinion on many, many facts. I based my opinion upon my own seasoned judgment.
get to first base (with someone or something)and reach first base (with someone or something)
Fig. to make a major advance with someone or something. I wish I could get to first base with this business deal. John adores Sally, but he can't even reach first base with her. She won't even speak to him.
1. Lit. [of a runner in baseball] not having a foot touching the base. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) The runner was off base but the first baseman didn't tag him out.
2. Fig. unrealistic; inexact; wrong. *Typically: be ~; get ~.) I'm afraid you're off base when you state that this problem will take care of itself. You're way off base if you think I was to blame!
reach first base
(with someone or something) Go to get to first base (with someone or something).
steal a base
Fig. to sneak from one base to another in baseball. The runner stole second base, but he nearly got put out on the way. Tom runs so slowly that he never tries to steal a base.
touch base (with someone)
to talk to someone; to confer with someone briefly. I need to touch base with John on this matter. John and I touched base on this question yesterday, and we are in agreement.
get to first base
Also, reach first base.
1. Succeed in the initial phase of something; meet with preliminary approval. For example, They were delighted that they'd gotten to first base in the negotiations. This term alludes to the first base of baseball, which is the first step toward scoring a run for the batter's team. [c. 1900]
2. Reach the initial stage of sexual intimacy, such as kissing. For example, Mary is so shy that I can't even get to first base with her. [1920s]
Wrong, relying on a mistaken premise, as in His description of the accounting system was totally off base. This metaphoric term originated in baseball, where a runner who steps off a base can be put out. [c. 1940]
touch base with
Make contact or renew communications with, as in I'll try to touch base with you when I'm in Ohio, or The candidate touched base with every ethnic group in the city. This idiom comes from baseball, where a runner must touch each base without being tagged before a run can be scored.
get to first base
1. If you get to first base, you begin to make progress with your plans. Note: In baseball, players have to hit the ball and then run round all four corners or bases to score a run. We couldn't get to first base with any U.S. banks. They didn't want to take the risk. We wonder why there are so few women in leadership — they get criticized before they even get to first base.
2. If someone gets to first base, they succeed in kissing a boyfriend or girlfriend or touching them as a way of starting a sexual relationship. Note: In baseball, players have to hit the ball and then run round all four corners or bases to score a run. It takes Declan, the ladies' man of the cast, until the third episode to get to first base with any of his prey. Note: You can also use get to second base, to say that you get to the next stage of a sexual relationship. On a date, would it be easier to get to second base with Laverne or Shirley?
off basemainly AMERICAN
COMMON If someone's judgment or opinion is off base, it is mistaken or wrong. Note: In baseball, players have to hit the ball and then run round all four corners or bases to score a run. I don't think the church is off base at all in taking a moral stand on this. For him to blame his mother for this is really off base. Note: In baseball, if a player is caught off base, a member of the opposite team gets them out while they are between bases.
If you touch base with someone, you contact them, often when you have not spoken to them or seen them for a long time. Note: In baseball, players have to hit the ball and then run round all four corners or bases to score a run. Being there gave me a chance to touch base with some old friends that I hadn't seen for a year. A brief phone-call is often made during the month to touch base and update the parent on any changes in the basic treatment plan. Note: In baseball, batters have to touch the first, second, and third bases to score a run.
get to first baseachieve the first step towards your objective. informal, chiefly North American
1962 P. G. Wodehouse Service with a Smile She gives you the feeling that you'll never get to first base with her.
off basemistaken. North American informal
1947 Time Your Latin American department was off base in its comparison of the Portillo Hotel in Chile with our famous Sun Valley.
touch basebriefly make or renew contact with someone or something. informal
1984 Armistead Maupin Babycakes In search of a routine, he touched base with his launderette, his post office, his nearest market.
Base in these three phrases refers to each of the four points in the angles of the ‘diamond’ in baseball, which a player has to reach in order to score a run.
off ˈbase(American English, informal)
1 completely wrong about something: You’re way off base with that guess.
2 unprepared: The question caught her off base.
In baseball, a base is one of the four positions that a player must reach in order to score points.
get to first ˈbase (with somebody/something)(also reach/make first ˈbase (with somebody/something)) (informal, especially American English) successfully complete the first stage of something: The project hasn’t even reached first base yet. Why all this delay?
This idiom comes from baseball. First base is the first of four positions (= bases) that a player must reach in order to score points.
touch ˈbase (with somebody)(informal) make contact with somebody again: She travels to Boston every week to touch base with her office. ♢ I spent an hour or two sending emails and touching base with my friends.
1. To operate from some location. Used chiefly in the passive: Our company is based in Fresno.
2. To establish or found something in some location: We based our organization in the heart of the city.
3. To have something as a foundation or origin: The linguist based the analysis of the sentence structure in a standard framework.
To form, develop, or found something on the basis of something else: I based my decision on the information you gave me. The film was based on a popular book.
mod. rude; gross. (California.) You are so, like, base!
get to first (base) (with someone)
in. to achieve a basic or initial level of intimacy with someone, such as getting some attention or even getting kissed. I’m too shy. I just know I can’t get to first base with her.
get to first baseverb
touch base (with someone)
tv. to make contact with someone. I wanted to touch base with you just in case something had gone wrong.
way off (base)
mod. on the wrong track; completely wrong. (see also off base.) Sorry. You are way off. You should just give up.